Tri-Cities One-Stop Center: Focus on Career Readiness - Article, Office of College Advancement

Tuesday, October 27, 2015.

By Ohlone College.

Client working with placement specialist at the Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center in Newark.One year ago Amazon.com opened a Sort Center in Newark…a sort of way station for package delivery. They needed to fill their employee ranks quickly in order to open and begin shipping before the holidays, so they approached the Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center to help them in hiring. The One-Stop helped with outreach to the community, advertised positions, found qualified workers and provided space for Amazon to conduct their screening processes. Within a few weeks, Amazon had hired a full complement of workers to fill four shifts…and they were in business! This is one example of how the Tri-Cities One Stop fulfills its dual purpose to help employers find workers and help workers get employed.

Ohlone College houses the One-Stop on its Newark campus, and participates with them by providing training or retraining to prepare workers for specific careers or career changes. Over the past 20 years that Ohlone College has partnered with the One-Stop, it has helped hundreds of members of the community successfully navigate the job search process, and helped scores of employers find qualified employees to fill their ranks.

The Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center provides students and local community members with various services that open up doors for internships, jobs, and careers including: individualized career advising, labor market information, job fairs and other job opportunities, access to office and computer equipment for job search needs. They offer a wide array of career-readiness workshops to assist community members and students in resume writing, interviewing, networking, and job search strategies. They have also collaborated with local high schools to provide young students with work-readiness skills.

The Tri-Cities One-Stop has developed partnerships with well-known local companies, local and state agencies, and chambers of commerce and maintains a continuous relationship with these employers providing a liaison between students and jobseekers. Some of the local employment partners include PG&E, Cisco, Target, Wells Fargo, Fremont Bank, Sephora, Thermo-Fisher Scientific, and Continental.

By focusing its services to benefit community members and students with job search efforts, the Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center helps connect employers to a well-prepared work force. The community is ultimately the recipient of the economic benefits that result from having the One Stop Center in this region.

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